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Grand Tour of Spain (68502017)

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Tour Length: 15 Days
Countries Visited: Spain
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Tour Category: Other Cosmos Tours
Tour Operator: Cosmos Tours
Tour Code: 6850-2017
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Title
Grand Tour of Spain

Vacation Overview
From its world-class cities and historic sights to it sunny climate and distinct culture, Spain is a fascinating country. This in-depth Spain tour shows you the country's highlights. Spend three nights in Madrid; two nights in Barcelona, Valencia, and Seville; and an overnight in Pamplona, Burgos, Salamanca, Granada, and Cordoba. Tour highlights include visits to Aranjuez's Royal Palace, originally built in the 14th century and once a favorite residence of Spanish royalty; Peniscola Castle, built by the Knights Templar in the 14th century; Saragossa's Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Pillar, a popular pilgrimage site; Granada's fairy-tale Alhambra complex, built as a lavish residence for Moorish kings in 889 AD; and Cordoba's iconic Mezquita, a well-preserved mosque turned into a Catholic cathedral in the 13th century and today considered one of the most remarkable examples of Islamic architecture outside of the Arab world. Enjoy sightseeing with Local Guides in Valencia, Barcelona, Granada, and Madrid, and see the cities' highlights. Also enjoy visits to Segovia, where you'll see its cathedral, the Alcazar, and the Roman aqueduct; Salamanca, where you'll have time to wander around the beautiful Plaza Mayor, one of Spain's most beautiful squares; Caceres, a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its blend of Roman, Islamic, northern gothic, and Italian Renaissance styles; Seville, where you'll have a full day to explore on your own; Montilla, where you'll enjoy a visit to a local wine cellar for a tasting; and Cuenca, famous for its "hanging houses" that are suspended over the ravine. Throughout this tour, you'll be accompanied by a professional Tour Director who will bring Spain to life with in-depth, first-hand knowledge. Between the sights, scenery, experts, and included visits, this Spain tour is the best way for savvy, value-minded travelers to experience this wonderful country.

 

Guides
Local Guides for city sightseeing in Valencia, Barcelona, Granada-Alhambra complex, Madrid; professional Tour Director while touring

Hotels


MADRID
Praga (ST)

VALENCIA
NH Las Artes (F)

BARCELONA
Porta Fira (F) or Ibis Styles City (ST)

PAMPLONA
Maisonnave (ST)

BURGOS
Corona de Castilla (ST)

SALAMANCA
Catalonia Plaza Mayor (F)

SEVILLE
Don Paco (ST)

GRANADA
Don Juan (ST)

CORDOBA
Selu (ST)

Meals
Buffet breakfasts daily; 7 dinners, including a dinner at a local restaurant in Valencia

Transportation
Transportation: Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach

 
Day 1:
Arrive in Madrid, Spain. Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to start exploring lively Madrid. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers. (D)

Day 2:
Madrid–Aranjuez–Cuenca–Valencia. Drive to nearby Aranjuez in the Castilian Plain and discover the ROYAL PALACE, originally built in the 14th century. Although burned down both in 1727 and 1728, it was splendidly rebuilt and became a favorite residence of Spanish royalty. Continue traveling to magnificent Cuenca, perched high above the canyons of the Jucar and Huecar Rivers. It is famous for its “hanging houses” that are suspended over the Huecar ravine. On to Valencia to enjoy a typical dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)

Day 3:
Valencia. Valencia is known mainly for its wonderful climate and the quality of its light. See the wide avenues lined with fig and palm trees and get to know the Old Town with its fine gothic houses and typical patios on the included guided tour. Time to do some shopping or more personal sightseeing to discover further. (B)

Day 4:
Valencia–Peniscola–Barcelona. Travel to nearby Castellon for a visit of PENISCOLA CASTLE, built by the Knights Templar in the 14th century. The promontory on which the castle and town are located is a fine reminder of medieval times. Continue your journey through orange groves and seaside resorts past Tarragona to Catalonia’s lively and beautiful capital, Barcelona. (B)

Day 5:
Barcelona. This morning’s sightseeing with a Local Guide includes a drive around Montjuïc to see the Olympic Stadium and a great panoramic view of the port and city. The drive continues to the city center to Plaza Catalunya and Paseo de Gracia to admire the greatness and eccentricity of Gaudi’s architectural masterpieces. (B,D)

Day 6:
Barcelona–Saragossa–Pamplona. See more of Catalonia as you drive to Saragossa on the banks of the Ebro River. Here, you’ll have time to see the SANCTUARY OF OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR. Continue through fertile valleys and the Rioja wine-growing region to Basque Country and on to the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Navarra, Pamplona. (B)

Day 7:
Pamplona–San Sebastian–Bilbao–Burgos. Drive farther into Basque Country and visit San Sebastian (called Donostia in Basque), the seaside resort on the southern coast of the Bay of Biscay. Journey to the port town of Bilbao, where you’ll enjoy free time for leisure activities—maybe an independent visit to the Guggenheim Museum. The building, by Frank Gehry, is considered one of the 20th century’s great architectural masterpieces. Continue to Burgos. (B,D)

Day 8:
Burgos–Segovia–Avila–Salamanca. Head southwest into Castile. Enjoy some grand scenery as you travel to the edge of the Sierra de Guadarrama, a green oasis in the Castilian desert. Stop in Segovia, magnificently perched on a rock formation at an altitude of 3,280 feet. The cathedral, the Alcazar, and the Roman aqueduct are some of its highlights you’ll get to see. Next stop is Avila for a short visit before continuing to Salamanca to enjoy the extraordinary beauty of its Plaza Mayor. (B)

Day 9:
Salamanca–Caceres–Seville. Cross the mighty Tagus River and the Guadarrama. Stop in Caceres, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its blend of Roman, Islamic, northern gothic, and Italian Renaissance styles. Enjoy more Spanish landscapes before reaching Seville, one of Spain’s most colorful cities. (B)

Day 10:
Seville. A full day at leisure. Perhaps you’d like to spend this morning enjoying an optional sightseeing tour of the city’s main highlights. (B,D)

Day 11:
Seville–Ronda–Granada. A day to see the best of Andalusia. Head south by way of the typical white-painted villages to the town of Ronda, famous for the ravine that literally cuts it in two, and its bullfighting connections. Overnight in Granada in the shadow of the mighty Sierra Nevada. (B,D)

Day 12:
Granada–Montilla–Cordoba. Granada was the Arabs’ most treasured city and they still mourn its loss in their prayers. Visit the ALHAMBRA COMPLEX, built by Moorish kings. More grand scenery as you travel to Montilla for a visit to a local WINE CELLAR for a tasting. Then, continue to Cordoba on the banks of the Guadalquivir River. (B,D)

Day 13:
Cordoba–Madrid. Cordoba is perhaps Spain’s most Moorish city with its great mosque, the MEZQUITA, one of Islam’s most important pieces of architecture outside the Arab world. You’ll also enjoy the small, white-washed houses, the winding streets, and the colorful squares. Later, journey into the very heart of Don Quixote’s La Mancha, famed for its castles and windmills. Reach Madrid in time to enjoy a relaxed evening. (B)

Day 14:
Madrid. This morning, enjoy some free time in Madrid or join the rewarding optional trip to Toledo. The splendid setting of this old walled city above the Tagus was made famous in El Greco’s painting, and even now it’s like a great open-air museum of Spanish history and art. Later, join the included Madrid city sightseeing. Not only because it’s the capital of Spain but also because it is situated 2,180 feet above sea level, the Spaniards say it’s the nearest thing to Heaven. (B)

Day 15:
Madrid. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

 
         
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Documents
TRAVEL DOCUMENTS: Necessary Travel Documents such as Passports and Visas is the responsibility of the traveler. Passports must be valid six months from your return travel date.

City Highlights
Individual headsetsSightseeing:Visits to Royal Palace in Aranjuez, Cuenca, Peniscola Castle, Saragossa sanctuary of Our Lady of the Pillar, Pamplona, San Sebastian, Bilbao, Segovia, Avila, Salamanca Plaza Mayor, Caceres, Seville, Ronda, Montilla wine tasting, Cordoba Mezquita. Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.

Notes
NOTE:April 8 Departure - Easter in Seville

Scenic Highlights
Scenic Highlights: Basque Country, La Mancha, Rioja Region

 

Cosmos Disclaimer - Indicates that this departure and vacation is available for 2018 early booking. All tours will be open for 2018 bookings in the Fall of 2016. Vacation upgrades and/or additions will not be available for early booking, as well as, any extra pre- or post-night pricing until the Fall of 2017. With the exception of Journeys Club discounts, future travel promotions are not applicable and are not retroactive on early bookings. Offer reliant on space availability. Applies to new 2018 bookings only. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply.

Price Details US
Prices based on double room occupancy.Single room supplement: $700 No triple room reduction.Extra nights per person in Madrid:in single room $105-$111, in twin $57-$65, in triple $54-$62

 
 

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